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Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 17, 2013

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Communications Office
(603)271-2121

First Gentleman Tom Hassan to Launch "Help Out New Hampshire" Initiative
Statewide Tour Will Promote Volunteerism and Community Engagement Across New Hampshire

CONCORD - In keeping with New Hampshire's strong tradition of volunteerism and community engagement, Governor Maggie Hassan's office announced today that First Gentleman Tom Hassan is launching "Help Out New Hampshire", a statewide initiative to promote the spirit of volunteerism throughout the state.

"Volunteering has been such a central part of our family's life," Tom Hassan said. "The support the Governor and I have found in New Hampshire, from neighbors and friends just lending a helping hand, has made a deep impact on us, on our family, and our community. By meeting with volunteers across the state, and calling attention to the kindness and generosity they show every day, I hope to highlight New Hampshire's great tradition of community service that spans generations."

The First Gentleman will visit each of New Hampshire's ten counties and meet with a variety of volunteer groups. The tour's mission is to support the development of volunteerism throughout the state through the promotion of civic engagement.

Mr. Hassan's tour will begin on Saturday, June 22nd in Grafton County, where he will visit the Upper Valley Humane Society, which serves as a shelter is for abandoned, abused, and unwanted animals. He will join the society for their Mobile Adoption Day, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. when UVHS will be processing pet adoptions as well as hosting fun activities for all ages on site at the West Lebanon Feed and Supply, 12 Railroad Avenue, Lebanon.

On Saturday, July 6th, Mr. Hassan will visit Rockingham County, where he will meet with the Community Alliance for Teen Safety at 14 Manning St. in Derry NH about local initiatives to promote teen safety. Mr. Hassan will then join the residents of Silverthorn Adult Medical Day Center at 23 Geremonty Dr. in Salem for bingo and ice cream at 1:00 p.m. to celebrate America's 237th birthday.

On Thursday, July 18th, Mr. Hassan will visit Coos County, where he will join residents of the town of Colebrook at the Tillotson Center at 14 Carriage Lane for a morning walk to kick off the development of a common green space and river-walk, followed by a visit to Potter Farm in Northumberland with the Nature Conservancy to participate in a river restoration project that helps maintain the beauty of North County.

About First Gentleman Tom Hassan
New Hampshire's First Gentleman Thomas E. Hassan is a nationally recognized leader in secondary education and the Principal of Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. He has spearheaded several key initiatives, including "Exeter's Immediate Priorities," a forward-looking strategy detailing the areas of focus for Exeter as it equips students to excel in today's rapidly changing, global world; Universal Access, which has made the campus accessible to all members of the Exeter community and those who visit; and Exeter's sustainability program, which has been a model for secondary schools across the nation.

For more information on the First Gentleman, please visit http://governor.nh.gov/about/tom-hassan.htm.